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Nokia Promotion E-mail Fraud Rocks Internet Users

According to the news reports published by loadofbullshit on December 29, 2008, an e-mail fraud has rocked Internet users, purporting to have come from Nokia, the reputed cell-phone company.

Addressing the customer, the scam message says that the sender is pleased to notify the recipient of the outcome of the Nokia Promotions Program that was held on December 4, 2008. It then says that the recipient's e-mail has been sanctioned for a bulk payment of £500,000 GBP in cash credited to File Number: XYL26510460037/08.

The e-mail further states that all contestants for the Internet version were chosen randomly from the Web through a lottery drawn on the computer. In addition, the participants were selected from more than 1,000,00 unions, corporate bodies and associations whose names were obtained from an online list. The promotion is held periodically, the e-mail states.

The e-mail then recommends that the recipient give information about his or her full name since it would appear on his or her prize cheque along with the mailing address where the courier company would deliver it. Furthermore, it asks for the recipient's other details to facilitate the supposed processing of his or her winning amount from the Nokia account at the payment department in Bangkok, Thailand.

Additionally, the e-mail suggests the winning recipient should keep his or her winning information secret till he or she is able to claim the money, with the amount remitted in any manner. The message informs that the suggestion is a precautionary step to avert double claiming as well as groundless abuse of the program. Finally, it concludes by asking the recipient to remain alert.

Security officials said that the funny issue about the e-mail is that the promotion took place in UK, while the cheque will be delivered from Bangkok Thailand. This sign clearly signifies that the e-mail is a hoax mail. Moreover, the sum to be transmitted would be in the US Dollars, which according to the officials, shows how totally inconsistent the whole operation is.

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